Plants I Love

Summer Belongs to the Black Locust

black locust blossoms
Black locust trees anchor my house. They are a much a part of its history as the wavy glass windows and half-wrap porch. Even in...

Pacific Coast Iris Steal the Show

Pacific coast iris
If my garden was a theater, Pacific Coast Iris (Iris douglasiana) would be the overlooked understudy or supporting actor that unexpectedly steals the show. It's...

Tulips: A Worthy Form of Currency

long stem tulip bouquet
Tulips at the market: my favorite harbinger of spring I think the Dutch had it right in the seventeeth century; why not base your economy on...

Violets: Sweet Scent of Spring’s Arrival

Early spring has few players in the garden that awaken the spirit and the landscape like violets. I especially like how they seem to...

Planting Perfume: Fragrant Plants You Won’t Forget

Fragrance plays a magical role in the garden; it transforms a fleeting moment in time to a lifelong memory, an invisible touchstone to a place, person,...

Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot: A Rose by Any Other Name...

Old fashioned rose Leonie Viennot
Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot, Tea Rose "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;" Shakespeare's...

Ringing in the Return of the Bluebells

big leaf maple in a sea of bluebells
Bluebells in my backyard dreamscape Outside my backdoor in the shade of a gnarled friend, the bigleaf maple The first time I recall seeing a forest floor carpeted...